I have to admit, I find the whole concept of genealogy kind of weird and random.
Everyone seems to pick one ancestor and trace down and out (decendants). Oh they may go back, through one person, as far as they can reach, but it's rarely more than one line. But the idea of all my antecedents is more interesting to me, and I can't even imagine the kind of research that would involve.
I have two parents, 4 grandparent, 8 greats, 16 great-greats, etc. Going back ten generation, there is a possible 1,024 ancestors there. Who were all these people?
I know my grandfather's grandfather's name, but not my grandma's (I do know my g'ms father's names, and my maternal g'ma's mother's maiden name, but that's about it.)
It's also random because it's invariably traced through the male line, which considering the way our DNA gets passed down, really makes no sense to me. Yet the woman were the ones to change their names, so you'll never know if your marrying someone with your own DNA unless your family keeps really good records. (not that it matters in terms of double recessives, etc., I think after second cousins the risk is considered to be about the same as random, but still.. ) I just think this is really intersesting, but I seem to be alone in this.